My students are a great group of 4 and 5 year old Preschoolers, with a desire to learn. Even though my students live in a tough and low income neighborhood on the west side of Chicago, they come to school with an eagerness and drive to learn. We are one of 3 preschool classrooms at our school.
We build, read, write, learn our abcs and numbers and play (the true work of a preschooler), our day away as a classroom family.
This year alone we have learned everything we can about our school and the community that surrounds it, trees and everything about buildings. We learn all this through the use of creative curriculum, that teaches us about how math, science, reading writing, technology etc... is used in everyday life.
Our classroom environment and the experiences we have, are what bring smiles to our faces and make us excited to come to school everyday. It is the third teacher in our classroom, after our wonderful teacher and teacher’s assistant.
Play is a preschooler’s way of learning. This means lots of hands on activities that incorporate math, science, reading, writing and so much more. Nutrition is also a very important part of a preschooler’s learning, it not only fuels their body’s and brains to help them learn through out the day, but if they learn healthy nutrition habits early it will prolong their life and health. This is why I want to go above and beyond just talking with my students about good health and nutrition.
I want my students to get hands on experience in affecting their own health and nutrition.
By having a blender, toaster oven and cooking pans, they will be one step closer to being able to do this. Without them we can only learn to make things that are cold and made from store bought items. With these new items we can make actual recipes and possibly full meals.
While using recipes we learn about reading, counting, number identification and sequencing steps. While blending and cooking our food we learn about basic chemistry such as solids and liquids, chemical reactions and heat changes. Most importantly in making foods we learn about nutrition and get to try new foods we may never get the chance to try.
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